Tokyo has many high-quality and delicious bakeries that sometimes even get featured in articles, bakery guidebooks, or magazines. But more often than not, the really good bakeries can be hard to find. So here are three of our favorite bakeries located on the west side of the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo. Some have an eat-in space – great for a quick snack – but, of course, everything is available for takeout and enjoying at home.
FACTORY: Homemade bread that even gets delivered to hotels
Opened in 2009, FACTORY is very popular for its delicious bread made from natural yeast and fermented dough baguettes. No wonder that there is an endless coming and going of customers.
The bakery is also commissioned to bake bread for various restaurants, hotels, and cafes throughout Tokyo.
The in-store kitchen makes natural yeast from seasonal fruits and raisins and bakes more than 20 types of bread every day. Besides baguettes, their bagels and cinnamon rolls are also very popular.
Besides bread and buns, FACTORY offers coffee and tea – the perfect match for their baked goods –, as well as lunch plates and dinners, to be enjoyed at their eat-in space. It’s the perfect bakery cafe for a casual lunch or a short break!
3-7-10 Kudanminami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/N3P68eNNqhLHcuw76
Nearest stations: Ichigaya Station, Kudanshita Station, Hanzomon Station
Chez Kazama: A long-established bakery loved by locals
The bakery Chez Kazama opened in 1992. Its motto is to “create a place loved by locals over many generations while building a new community”.
The owner, who has 60 years of experience as a pâtissier, offers his customers a wide variety of bread. From large bread loaves, toast, baguettes, and German rye bread to small bread such as curry bread, cream donuts, and croissants – they have it ALL!
What makes Chez Kazama special is their unique surprise bread called “Special Sandwich” (“pan do riore”). At first glance, the “Special Sandwich” looks like an ordinary big bread loaf. However, the bread actually has a lid, and when you open it, you will find a lot of colorful sandwiches inside, all cut into bite-sized pieces.
Of course, not only the sandwiches inside but also the big bread around is edible. Isn’t this “bread cake” a great idea for a birthday surprise for those who prefer savory over sweet treats?
Boulangerie Chez Kazama
10-10 Ichibancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/hcNz67qm597RqmLY9
Nearest stations: Hanzomon Station, Kojimachi Station, Yotsuya Station
TiMi: Excellent Western confectionery that is perfect for gifts
The store name TiMi is the Irish word for “time”. The owner chose the name because TiMi’s sweets are the perfect treat when you take some time for yourself and just relax.
Hidden in the basement of the building is an eat-in space where you can sit comfortably and enjoy your cake or a quick lunch.
15-20 Ichibancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/rAVANX2Dn1BSU5eu9
Nearest station: Hanzomon Station, Kojimachi Station